Health Care Reform – The Civil Rights Movement of the 21st Century

The passage last night of the Health Care Bill did not come easily, has not come without controversy or discord, and will not come without more hard-fought battles. But like it or not, it is here to stay. The Health Care Reform debate and the struggle for its passage has reminded me a great deal of the Civil Rights Movement, and the battles that were fought during the 1950s and 1960s in this country. Make no mistake; Health Care Reform will be to this decade what the Civil Rights Movement was to the 50s and 60s. Some people will dismiss this comparison, and in my rebuttal I would simply ask them go back and fully study the Civil Rights Movement, and the struggles this nation endured to see the passage of laws making equality a legal right. Keep in mind that large segments of the United States population were opposed to Civil Rights, felt that blacks did not deserved equal rights, blacks could not marry whites, and that anti-lynching laws infringed on the rights of those who wished to kill blacks (seriously). And I’m not talking one hundred years ago. All of this took place during the second half of the last century (after almost two centuries of racial injustice and discrimination). Here is a link to a Civil Rights timeline that I found very useful. Study this timeline, and think about how much positive change came for the passage of the Civil Rights Act. And if you do not believe any good came from that landmark legislation, you will just all likely not believe any good will come from Health Care Reform, and we have nothing to say to each other. But if you understand that changes made to make America more inclusive for all people are positive, even if it means disrupting the status quo, then you are enlightened enough to realize that we will one day look back at this Health Care legislation, and realize that we as a country did the right thing,  taking another step to the creation of a more perfect union.


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